Saturday, 27 September 2008 12:37

Transforming Angling Development



The Angling Development Board is now seeking the services of senior volunteers and a team of professional development staff to realise the aspirations of the Angling Whole Sport plan.

A Chair and Finance Director are also sought to be key members of the Board, and a team of development staff, led by a Senior Development Manager, will be charged with the delivery implementation.

The Angling Development Board (ADB) is a partnership between the three Angling Governing Bodies in England; the National Federation of Anglers (NFA), the National Federation of Sea Anglers (NFSA) and the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) and replaces the Joint Angling Development Board (JADB).

The partnership produced the Whole Sport Plan for Angling in 2005 that set down objectives aimed at helping to meet targets for increased participation in outdoor activities as identified in the Government’s Game Plan (2002). The partnership aims to become an incorporated body by April 2007, with the objective of applying for charitable status soon afterwards.

This change is the latest step in the process of transforming angling development and for the first time Development Officers will work across the whole of the sport of angling rather than within each discipline. Each of the officers will have an area of responsibility relating to 1) Coaching and Coach Development, 2) Clubs, Angling Organisations other than Clubs, and Volunteers and 3) Equity and Ethics and for the first time be managed by a Senior Development Manager who will coordinate the work of the officers report to the key stakeholders and partners.

The new company will receive the whole of the Sport England grant with a contribution from the Environment Agency and will be governed by six directors, two from each discipline and led by an Independent Chairman and Finance director.

Paul Baggaley Chief Executive of the National Federation of Anglers stated that
“This represents a significant step forward in the development of angling and will save and redirect money towards delivering on our key aims of increasing participation and diversity across the whole of the sport."

Paul Knight, Executive Director of the Salmon & Trout Association, agreed, and remarked,
“the S&TA is greatly looking forward to working with our colleagues in the other angling Governing Bodies, alongside Sport England and the Environment Agency, to produce world class coaches and deliver increased angling participation through clubs and individuals.

David Rowe Development Officer of the NFSA welcomed the new cooperation between the three Governing Bodies and the need to re focus on developing the sport through increased participation was understood and welcomed. There were issues around the support for national teams that had yet to be addressed, but he was confident that these would be resolved and thus enable the sea anglers to have opportunities appropriate to their needs.

Richard Wightman, Angling Development Manager for the Environment Agency added: “The new jobs in the Angling Development Board will help us to make sure that the work we want to do through our 10 year plan, Angling in 2015, is properly joined-up with the Whole Sport Plan and all the other important projects like Get Hooked on Fishing or Dreamstore. That way angling, anglers and wider society will benefit most".

Lisa Wainwright, Head of National Sport for Sport England commented that:
"The creation of the Angling Development Board is a major step forward for the sport. Sport England will soon be able to focus its investment in a single organisation, which will in turn assist the sport in driving forward development and increasing participation."

For further details, job descriptions and application forms go to or email to

For informal discussions contact Simon Kirkland on 0121 308 5939 or 07766 768 474

Closing dates:
Senior Development Manager: 5pm , 5th February 2007
Development Officers: 5pm , 12 th February 2007


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